September 2012 Exhibit: Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is celebrated September 30 – October 6 this year. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read, and the importance of the First Amendment. It also highlights the benefits of free and open access to information, while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. The Erwin Library’s newspaper exhibit area highlights the books that have been banned over the past year, as well as books that have been banned through history.

The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom has a webpage that discusses banned books and lists the hundreds of books that have been banned over the years. You can search by year or author.

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North Carolina: Let the Spirit Move You

The library newspaper area will exhibit books during the month of August about North Carolina that are not your typical tourism books. The exhibit features fiction for all ages, NC authors, NC sports, NC pottery and many other eclectic North Carolina topics.

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North Carolina History: From the Mountains to the Sea Exhibit

Most people may have had a little bit of North Carolina history taught to them when they were in school, but how much do we really know about the state that we live in? Visit the library’s bulletin board exhibit area to find books about North Carolina history from the mountains to the ocean.

For more information about North Carolina history, visit the North Carolina History Project and the NCpedia.

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July 2012 Exhibit: American History

The Erwin Library invites you to check out books from the bulletin board exhibit area about American History, specifically books about the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War.  Since we are still in the middle of the sesquicentennial anniversary observation of the Civil War, it remains a good time to learn more about our country’s founding.

The library also offers a Civil War bibliography that you can view here.

To learn more about the battles of the Civil War and the Revolutionary War, visit the animated site of both the Civil War and the Revolutionary War.

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July 2012 Exhibit: Titanic 100th Anniversary

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912.  To learn more about this tragedy, the passengers, crew, and the ship itself, visit the Erwin Library’s newspaper exhibit area for books about the legacy of the Titanic.  The exhibit features books at both adult and children’s reading levels.

To join in on the history investigation about the Titanic that still continues today, visit the official site of the RMS Titanic.

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June 2012 Exhibit: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was a British novelist who lived during the Victorian era, but his work still resonates and is revered today through retellings and films. Since 2012 is the 200th anniversary of his birth, the Erwin Library’s newspaper exhibit area now highlights some of his most famous books, along with retellings of these stories by other authors, and biographies of Dickens himself.

For more information about the celebration and more information about Charles Dickens, visit the Dickens Anniversary website.

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June 2012 Exhibit: Beach Reads

June is the official start of summer and, this year, the Erwin Library bulletin board exhibit area presents some good reads for your beach trip or other summer trip.  Check out books about the beach, books that take place at the beach or during the summer, as well as books about other summer activities. For those of you that don’t have a trip to the beach or any where else planned, these books will remind you of past vacations and help you look forward to future trips.

For information about the beaches of North Carolina, explore the Visit NC website about our state’s wonderful beaches. Watch great videos and take a trip to these places for free on your computer!

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May 2012 Exhibit: Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month

May is celebrated in the United States as Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month.  This month, in the Erwin Library bulletin board exhibit area, you will find books about specific countries and states that are considered part of the Asian and Pacific-American cultures, as well as books about Asian Americans.

To learn more about our Asian Pacific-American Heritage, visit the Library of Congress’s website.  An interesting part of the site is the online exhibits and collections.

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May 2012 Exhibit: Memorial Day

May is also the month when we commemorate Memorial DayMemorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the American military. First known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War, and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

in the Erwin Library newspaper exhibit area for this month are books about the men and women who have served our country during the American Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War, Korean War, and other more recent wars.

There are many memorials that celebrate the people who gave their lives in military service to the United States. Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial website, the National World War II Memorial website, Korean War Veterans Memorial website and the Arlington National Cemetery website.  All of these memorials and cemeteries are located  in Washington D.C.

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April 2012 Exhibit: National Library Week


Every year, libraries and librarians are celebrated during National Library Week (April 8-14, 2012).

During this April the Erwin Library’s newspaper exhibit area highlights a few titles about librarians and becoming a librarian, as well as children’s books about libraries and reading.

For some interesting stories about the impact of libraries and ways you can help show the value of libraries, visit I Love Libraries.

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